“I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.”
1 Corinthians 1:4-5 NLT
Paul thanked God for the Corinthian believers. During the Thanksgiving holiday, we focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God for them. But thanks should be expressed every day. We can never say thank you enough to parents, friends, leaders, and especially to God. When thanksgiving becomes an integral part of your life, you will find that your attitude toward life will change. You will become more positive, gracious, loving, and humble. Whom do you need to thank today? (Tyndale study Bible)
I learnt very early in my Christian walk that I take too many things for granted. As the saying goes, I was born with the silver spoon. There is nothing my heart desired that I did not have. Yet one thing I never had was inner peace. Spiritual peace. All the bad things I did was looking for that next fix or thrill. All of that meant nothing. The true excitement and thrill is with God. Yes, you will be saying what does he know. I am telling you that I know. I am still very blessed. Why? I was blessed with talent and have learnt from the mistakes I made in conjunction with the many life lessons in that time.
What stands out to me today as Paul says, we are to be grateful. I count my blessings daily, we are so fortunate. If you are grateful for the small things, you will be overwhelmed by the larger things. Just like I am overwhelmed by God’s grace.
When giving thanks becomes the centre of your life, you will become more positive and humble. It reminds me of the words Holy, Humble and Pure. Add grace and gratitude to these. Can you imagine the result and peace that it will bring?
“Lord I pray that you make me grateful so that I can be an example to others. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”